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  • Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory

    Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have grown exponentially. Despite wide agreement by governments on the need to limit emissions, the rate of increase ratcheted up from less than 1 percent each year in the 1990s to almost 3 percent annually in the first decade of this century. More

  • Wind Power Facts: Emissions Through the Lifecycle

    A recent scholarly paper decided to tackle the problem of the emissions of wind power, wishing to quantify the actual emissions so as to make accurate comparisons between wind power and other sources of electrical power generations. More

  • Ten Commandments for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

    When it comes to chiseling our emissions profile down to a more respectable and streamlined shape, we are all aware of the usual suspects. You know — those tweakings of lifestyle that are regularly wheeled out, just to add a splash of greenwash to a magazine article. Such actions often don’t seem capable of shifting […] More

  • Environmental Impact of Eating Meat

    New United Nation Food and Agriculture report tells us again that eating meat has perhaps the largest negative environmental impact of any human action. And more than half of the world’s crops are fed to animals. I’ve written on the relationship between eating meat (or being vegetarian) and the environment extensively before. However, there is […] More

  • What’s the #1 Food-Related Thing You Can Do for Earth Day?

    One of the best things you can do for the environment and all who rely on it this Earth Day is something food-related. Can you guess what? [social_buttons] Well, it is Earth Day again. It is hard to know what to say on Earth Day when everyday is Earth Day in your world, but even […] More

  • Study of Human Methane Emissions Proposes Radical Action

    While carbon dioxide receives most of the attention in the debate over greenhouse gas emissions, climate scientists warn that methane is about 30 times more potent than CO2 in terms of contributing to a warmer climate. You’ve likely already seen concerns expressed about methane emissions from geological sources, as well as from cattle and other […] More

  • Online Shopping: How Green is It?

    The Online Shopping Survey conducted by GfK in 2008 showed that about 70 % of people think shopping online is good for the environment as it helps to reduce the carbon footprint. But is it really that simple? Too many variables come in to play: when you live, how much you buy, who delivers the […] More

  • Climate Change and Deforestation Engaging in Vicious Cycle of Destruction

    [social_buttons]Most of you know by now that deforestation, and the emissions that cleared forestlands add to the atmosphere, exacerbates climate change. But it may come as a surprise to learn that the opposite is true. New scientific findings suggest that climate change is threatening remaining forests more dramatically than previously suspected. Until recently, climate scientists […] More

  • Taking Personal Responsibility for Climate Change

    This weekend, I went to a gathering of 50 people interested in advocating for clean energy in the United States. I rode my bike there. At least a dozen people commented on what a “good girl” I was for doing so. We poured ourselves coffee and tea into paper cups. We ate our potluck lunch […] More

  • China Taking Uncooperative Stance on G20, Climate Treaty Terms

    The G20 Global Summit, which will take place in the UK in April, stands to be an important factor in determining China’s stance on climate change commitments as Copenhagen draws near. First, this meeting will provide the US and China a chance to meet behind the scenes, for the first time since Hillary Clinton visited […] More

  • Building a "Green Economy": A New Revolution in China?

    A “green economy” can be built in China in less than 20 years, argues a new McKinsey report. The new study, “China’s Green Revolution“, offers the most comprehensive quantitative analysis to date of China’s abatement cost curve. Previous studies of a similar ilk, like the Stern Review, have incorporated social benefits to partially offset the […] More

  • Bubbla Air-Inflated Packaging: A Safer, Greener Way to Ship

    Foam peanuts are the Devil. Evil incarnate. Darkness made visible. Senseless brutal waste embodied in a horde of impish, malevolent, noxious, toxic minions spilling out of boxes, bags, closets, basements, attics, trashcans, landfills. A wicked wind is blowing, and those infernal foam peanuts are riding it across the land, across the sea, across the Earth. […] More

  • Painting Rooftops White Would Slow Global Warming

    Study: If we painted every rooftop in 100 major cities white, it would offset the entire planet’s carbon dioxide emissions for one year. That’s nearly 44 metric gigatons. It makes sense. We all know white reflects heat (that’s why we wear white shirts and dresses on hot days), and we even knew that painting rooftops […] More

  • Better Buildings Best Way to Cut Carbon

    A North American organization of energy experts issued a report that found that building more green buildings is the best way to cut carbon dioxide emissions (CO2), one of the major contributors to global warming. In fact, green buildings could cut emissions more deeply, quickly and more cheaply than any other global warming mitigation effort. […] More

  • What’s That Smell?

    Ag industry lobbyists and lawmakers from agricultural states have pressured the Environmental Protection Agency to drop requirements that factory farms report their emissions of toxic gases — even though the EPA’s findings show the gases pose a health threat. In a head-spinning move, the EPA complied, citing that the reports are not used by local […] More

  • Measuring Solar's Total Impact

    Renewable energy generates clean power, and the fuel is often free: There’s no cost to make the wind blow or the sun shine. But just as many people advocate for considering the full cost of fossil fuels in the price of electricity (the cost of the pollution, mining, etc), so too must the full cost […] More

  • B of A to Consider CO2 Liability

    Bank of America may name carbon dioxide (CO2) – a major contributor to global warming – a potential liability when it considers financing utility sector projects. Chief executive Ken Lewis has also called for a national cap-and-trade policy at the 2008 Emerging Issues Forum. You can listen to Lewis’ remarks to the forum here. More

  • Bay Area May Charge Businesses for Global Warming

    For perhaps the first time ever, U.S. businesses could be fined based on the amount of global warming pollution they emit. The Bay Area Quality Air Management District in San Fransisco has proposed a fine of 4.2 cents per metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) on every power plant, factory and even small business. CO2 […] More

  • EU Debates Renewable Energy Goals

    The European Commission has unveiled a plan to cut global warming emissions one-fifth in the next twelve years, and it requires the 27 European Union (EU) countries to have specific emissions targets. If successful, the plan would cut emissions 20 percent by 2020, based on 1990 emission levels. Some countries are better suited to invest […] More

  • Virgin Expands to China

    Billionaire Richard Branson has been an outspoken proponent of innovative global warming solutions. And he’s put his money where his mouth is, like using fuel efficient jets or trains that run on biofuels. Now he’s planning a company in China to help the burgeoning nation develop clean technologies and slash emissions. China’s sheer size, rapid […] More

  • Florida Considers Carbon Control

    Florida Governor Charlie Crist (R) signed an executive order last summer to develop a carbon market in the state, and has been making other good strides in the renewable energy department. Now, the governor, lawmakers, and Florida-based companies are debating the two main methods of carbon control: A carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system. A […] More

  • Analyses Finds Law Would Cut Carbon with Modest Impact on Economy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) have both published analyses of Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) proposed “Low Carbon Economy Act of 2007” (S. 1766) Using a cap-and-trade system, the Act aims to cut global warming emissions to 2006 levels by 2020, 1990 levels by 2030, […] More

  • Climate Change Must Factor into UK Policy Decisions

    The U.K. Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has ordered UK ministers to factor in climate change consequences for all policy and financial decisions related to transportation, construction, energy, housing and planning. To do this, carbon dioxide (CO2) – a major contributor to global warming – has been assigned a “shadow price” that government officials will have […] More